Celebrating the UK's trailblazing women - and inspiring the next generation

The First Women Programme was created by Real Business in 2005 and brings together outstanding women from all sectors.

The programme has created an enthusiastic and dedicated network of pioneering women, who engage directly through a series of high profile First Women events, including the Awards, Winners Lunch and Summit.

Real Business is the UK's is the most-read SME website dedicated to high-growth businesses and entrepreneurs with 124,623 monthly unique visitors (ABC audit March 2015).

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Awards

Founded by Real Business and the CBI. Since 2005, the awards have grown in influence and impact and enjoy the support of many of the UK’s leading firms, industry bodies and inspirational business leaders.

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Working Party

At the First Women Working Lunch our inspirational winners and judges gathered to set the agenda for the 2016 First Women Summit.
 

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Summit

This full day summit leveraged ten years of the First Women movement, drawing on the phenomenal network of pioneering women the Awards has created to educate, mentor and inspire.

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First Women Exclusives

Clinton will now face the Republican nominee in the November general election
Image: REUTERS/Mike Segar

History is in the making as Hilary Clinton edges closer to becoming the first female US president

The former First Lady was officially named as the Democratic nominee at the party’s national convention in Philadelphia on 27 July, BST.

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Breaking down the barriers to gender balance in engineering starts from a young age Image: Shuterstock

Engineering is a sexy industry, and more women need to know

With the ratio of male to female engineers largely remaining the same for the last century, Denise Smiles considers how we can can redress the balance.

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"Anything that is possible for a man to aspire to in their professional life should equally be possible for a woman to aspire to."

Women in leadership roles are still an exception to the rule, says Nicola Sturgeon

Sturgeon has called for more effort to support and inspire young women to aim for the top in business, sport and careers

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May has been asked to commit to six policies to transform the lives of women across the UK

Women’s Equality Party sets targets for Theresa May’s first 100 days in office

The Women’s Equality party has called on Theresa May to use her first 100 days as prime minister to advance gender equality

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"On my own journey, I enjoyed being a single parent while cleaning caravans to pay the rent and studying for my degree in the evening."

I still pretend I’m stupid despite decades of success, says Martina Mercer

Martina Mercer explains why she downplays her decades of success in conversations with some of her peers.

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Advancements in technology could help to create more diverse workplaces

The Future of Gender Equality report estimates that pay gap could close by 2045

Yell report details what the next 100 years could look like for gender equality, family life, technology and businesses.

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